Spring 2023 - CHIN 291 B100

Heritage Mandarin Chinese IV (3)

Class Number: 6476

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    CHIN 290 or equivalent. This course is for students of Chinese origin who have near native speaking ability in Chinese (Mandarin or other dialects), but basic knowledge of written Chinese.



A continuation of CHIN 290. Students further develop communicative competence in Chinese language, as well as a deeper understanding of Chinese culture through course materials on Chinese history, mythology and folktales.


This course is a continuation of CHIN 290. Building upon the foundation laid by previous courses, this course continues to develop students’ communicative competence in Chinese, with an emphasis on reading and writing. Students will understand and be able to use more complicated grammar structures, idiomatic expressions, and gain more sophisticated skills of composition. Through readings in Chinese history, mythology and philosophy, students are also expected to gain deeper understanding of Chinese culture.


The course has two major components in its delivery: 1) 2 hours per week of in-class tutorial, which includes grammar concept review, text analysis, and cultural topic discussion and presentation; 2) asynchronous online learning component, which covers independent vocabulary and grammar learning, individual reading and writing practice, and group communication activities. The asynchronous online learning takes approximately six to eight hours per week. Students need a computer and internet access to use SFU Canvas for online learning.



Class participation 6%

Assignments 25%

Reading and vocabulary Quizzes 15%

Lesson tests 24%

Composition 20%

Group Project 10%


Grading scale

A+ = 96-100 B+ = 83-86 C+ = 70-74 D = 50-59

A = 91-95 B = 79-82 C = 65-69 F = 0-49

A- = 87-90 B- = 75-78 C- = 60-64



Liu and Wang (Eds.) A Primer For Advanced Beginners of Chinese (simplified character version) Vol. Two (Columbia University Press, 2004). ISBN 0-231-13585-8.




Liu and Wang (Eds.) A Primer For Advanced Beginners of Chinese (traditional character version) Vol. Two (Columbia University Press, 2004). ISBN 0-231-125577


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